As with other games of 2020, Madden NFL had to take on the new problems brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced the team to shift in order to work from home in the middle of development. EA had to also deal transitions between consoles -- always a difficult period for sports games when developers strive to manage technological advancements with old technology.
Now, fast forward to 2021 and EA is now more fully at ease with the PS5 as well as Xbox Series X, allowing the team to begin weaving more exciting changes into Madden 22. Key among them is the homefield advantage feature that was largely ignored in the past. Madden has been able to recreate the look and feel of stadiums such as Seattle's Lumen Field. However, it's not translating into game play.